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caution (one) about (someone or something)

To warn one about someone or something. My mom always cautions me about the dangers of texting while driving. You need to caution him about Allie before he falls prey to her usual tricks.
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throw caution to the wind(s)

To abandon one's cautiousness in order to take a risk. You can't live life completely reserved, you know. You've got to throw caution to the wind every now and then. After my father won a bit of money at the race tracks, he began throwing caution to the winds and gambling everything we had there.
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err on the side of caution

To avoid risky or irresponsible behavior. I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account. Since we don't know where we're going, let's err on the side of caution and leave an hour early. When do scientists predict lava will erupt from this volcano again?
See also: caution, err, of, on, side

caution someone about someone or something

 and caution someone against someone or something
to warn someone against someone or something. Haven't I cautioned you about that before? Hasn't someone cautioned you about Daniel?
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throw caution to the wind

Cliché to become very careless. Jane, who is usually cautious, threw caution to the wind and went swimming in the ocean. I don't mind taking a little chance now and then, but I'm not the type of person who throws caution to the wind.
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throw caution to the winds

Also, throw discretion to the winds. Behave or speak very rashly, as in Throwing caution to the winds, he ran after the truck, or I'm afraid she's thrown discretion to the winds and told everyone about the divorce. This expression uses to the winds in the sense of "utterly vanishing" or "out of existence," a usage dating from the mid-1600s. The first recorded use of throw to the winds was in 1885.
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err on the side of caution

COMMON If you err on the side of caution, you decide to act in a careful way, rather than take risks. It is better on your first few weights sessions to err on the side of caution, and start with a weight which is lighter than you think you can handle. Note: People use other words instead of caution, according to the subject they are discussing. When I discussed the matter with ministers in July I said that we should err on the side of generosity.
See also: caution, err, of, on, side

throw caution to the wind

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throw caution to the winds

COMMON If you throw caution to the wind or throw caution to the winds, you do something without worrying about the risks and danger involved. Perhaps I should throw caution to the wind, give up my job and just go travelling. This was no time to think, he decided. He threw caution to the winds and rang the bell of the ground-floor flat.
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The force stressed that each person issued with a caution had to sign on the sex offenders' register - which can impact on employment and travelling abroad.
TWENTY-NINE people have escaped with "slap on the wrist" police cautions for possessing indecent images of children.
Both China Supermarket's manager, Chi Lee, and owner, Zhi Guan, received cautions and declined to comment.
A request for his caution to be revoked was refused by South Wales Police in January and he took his case to the Cardiff Civil Justice Centre yesterday.
I don't think there can be any case for cautions where someone has admitted sexual activity with a child aged less than 13.
A conditional caution is an out-of-court disposal with set conditions with which the offender must comply or face prosecution.
Summary: A review into police cautions is being launched by the Government to make sure more criminals are brought to court.
Legend NSN 9905- CAUTION Do Not Operate Machinery Without Guards 01-342-4854 * CAUTION Open Door Slowly 01-342-4852 * CAUTION Hazardous Material Storage Area 01-342-4859 * CAUTION Wear Goggles When Using This Machine 01-342-4855 * * These NSNs are not on the AMDF.
Still enforced will be two-match suspensions for a player who reaches 10 cautions, with the cut-off the second Sunday in April.
He said: "The offender must understand the significance of a caution and give informed consent to being cautioned.
In another case a 13-year-old boy was given the equivalent of a caution for raping a young child.
A WORD OF CAUTION You're sooo sweet and thoughtful that sometimes you unwittingly let people step all over you.
When evaluating the credibility of Web sites, it is important to keep in mind Casey's (2000) caution that "We must neither confuse form with substance nor let form subtract from substance" (p.
As expected, mining recorder offices in both Kirkland Lake and Sudbury were flooded with claims during the weeks following the lifting of the Timiskaming land caution.
Since Cesamet can elevate supine and standing heart rates and cause postural hypotension, it should be used with caution in the elderly, and in patients with hypertension or heart disease.